New Muslims
The Global Islamic Youth Centre Children’s Madrassah

The GIYC Children’s madrassah has been in existence since 2001. When first started, there was a total of about 20 students ranging in ages from 5 years to 12 years. At that point, the madrassah was run by some very dedicated brothers, led by Sheikh Feiz Mohamed.

Currently, the madrassah accommodates around 160 students, ranging in ages from 5 years to 17 years. There are 8 levels and 12 classes, therefore 12 teachers, including a teaching principal.

As of this year, the madrassah has two phases. Phase One (levels 0-5) runs in the morning on Saturdays from 8:30am to 1:30pm, according to the NSW school term schedule. Phase Two (levels 6-7) runs from 2pm to 4:30pm.

The subjects taught are: Qur’an – Reading, Memorisation and Tajweed (levels 4, 5, 6, 7)
                   Arabic – Reading, writing, Tafseer of the Qur’an
                   Fiqh – Tawheed, Akhlaq, ‘Ibaadah, General Studies
                   Hadith – A wide range of ahadith related to Akhlaq
       Seerah – Previous Prophets, History of Islam and Prophet     
Muhammad (saw), the four Khalifat, famous   Sahaabah, famous narrators of ahadith.

All students are assessed on a regular basis, with mid year and end of year exams compulsory. Students only progress to the next level if adequate progress is demonstrated in their assessments. Once students reach Level 5, they are assessed extensively and this allows them to graduate from Phase One of the madrassah. Phase Two starts at Level 6 with a whole new curriculum implemented.

Thus far, we have had 17 students graduate from Phase One over the past four years. This year we will have another 16 students graduate, inshAllah.

Our Aims and Objectives:
1.    To provide a place where children can feel welcome and at home.
2.    To provide a place where children can learn about Islam.
3.    To provide a curriculum where children will gain invaluable knowledge about Islam.
4.    To provide an environment conducive to learning, yet instilling a love for learning from all who attend.
5.    To develop the moral character of our young Muslim children.
6.    To instil a sense of confidence and pride in being Muslim.

Our Mission:
We at the Global Islamic Youth Centre’s Children’s Madrassah have taken on the mission of continuing, and hopefully expanding, this type of Islamic education to cater for the growing Muslim community in the Liverpool area. The demand for Islamic education is so substantial in Liverpool, and the greater Sydney area, that we currently have a waiting list of students trying to enrol in the madrassah. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate all children due to lack of space within the centre.